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April 14, 2011

The Crimson Bolt: You don’t butt in line! You don’t steal! You don’t molest little children! You don’t deal drugs! The rules haven’t changed!

SUPER follows Frank D’arbo (Rainn Wilson), a sad, low life and cook who just had his wife (Liv Tyler) leave him for a drug dealer named Jock (stunningly played by the villainous master Kevin Bacon). Frank has a dream of being touched by the finger of God and is convinced his calling in life is to become the Crimson Bolt, a weaponless superhero who will gruesomely hunt down the evil of the world and punish the villains with the power of his masterful wrench. With the help of his psychotic sidekick Boltie (Ellen Page), they set out to rescue Frank’s wife from the menacing drug dealer . Little did they know what they were getting into…

The Crimson Bolt: SHUT UP CRIME!

As far as acting goes, Rainn Wilson is at the pinnacle of his game. Aside from portraying a nerdy low-life, his character is so much more, in the midst of a bunch of emotion and depressing moments. This leads Frank to become a real-life superhero, known as The Crimson Bolt. After that, Wilson’s character takes a walk on the psychotic side, wielding his wrench at any evil he sees. Seeing The Office star in a role so sinister, it reminded of his role on the show, Dwight Schrute, which was a delight for me. Ellen Page’s performance could have been further enhanced, but taking into account this being (Slither) director James Gunn, she gave a extremely suitable performance according to the script, but Gunn should have done more with her character.

As I was watching this, I was noticing many flaws with the dialogue and script, which is directed mostly towards the end of the film. ‘Boltie’ was a little too dirty, and most of what she said didn’t make sense, which was a huge let down. Every line that was given to Kevin Bacon was pure gold. Bacon’s performance in this reminded me of Timothy Olyphant’s performance in 2003’s hit The Girl Next Door.

Something that writer/director James Gunn had trouble on in this film, was choosing a genre and keeping with it. SUPER doesn’t know whether it’s a comedy or a psychopathic thriller, which I think is what left many audiences disappointed. While there are some comedic moments, some of them where I laughed pretty hard, the gritty violence may be too much for some to handle. But most audiences don’t recognize that the violence is what’s affecting the characters.

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